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New Mexico State Park Dog Information

New Mexico State Parks Division

1220 South St. Francis Drive

P.O. Box 1147

Santa Fe, NM 87504

(505) 476-3355

(888) 667-2757

New Mexico State Park Pet Policy



A. Visitors with dogs, cats or other domestic pets in areas of the state parks system shall control their pets, so as not to cause a nuisance to others. Pet owners shall ensure pets are vaccinated in accordance with applicable municipal or county ordinances and state laws.


B. Pet owners shall pick up after their pets and shall maintain the area in a clean and sanitary condition.

C. Pet owners shall restrain pets on leashes that are not more than 10 feet in length, except in areas the superintendent designates. Subsection C of NMAC does not apply to pets being used in authorized activities such as field trials, retriever training or hunting.

D. Pet owners shall prevent their pets from excessive barking, howling and making loud noises, so as not to disturb others. Pet owners shall prevent their pets from biting or attacking any person or destroying property. Pet owners shall not leave their pets unattended in vehicles or campsites.

E. Pets are prohibited, except disability assistance dogs with valid document that verifies the dog is an assistance dog that can be presented to the state park official at time of use, within visitor centers and at the following parks:

(1) Rio Grande Nature Center State Park;
(2) Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park; and
(3) Smokey Bear Historical Park.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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